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“Winter clogs” might sound like an oxymoron, but “fashionable clogs” probably sounds like more of one. Thankfully, neither of these phrases are as contradictory as they might seem; clogs are a massive trend for fall and winter 2021 and they’re the surprising Scandinavian staple your cold-weather shoe wardrobe needs.
In fall and winter, boots work for two reasons: They protect your feet from the elements and they’re heavy enough to hold their own in an already-chunky cold-weather ensemble, whereas daintier footwear options might disappear when paired with your thickest knits and heaviest wools. Boots stand their ground and perfectly complete statement-making fall OOTDS, but I’m here to argue that clogs do the same.
And I’m not the only one! With the rise in ’70s-inspired trends all over social media, it’s no wonder influencers are looking for wooden clogs to pair with their flared denim. And with brands like Bottega Veneta launching rubber clogs and totally transforming our idea of “chic” footwear, chunky, clunky clogs are more “in” than ever before.
This unique (and unlikely) shoe staple might seem intimidating to style—but rest assured, it isn’t. Once you’ve stocked up on a go-to pair of clogs (or two), you can essentially wear them with anything. Style them with a pair of socks peeking out, throw them on with any and all denim or pair them with heavy knit tights—the options might not be endless, but they’re pretty damn close.
Ahead, you’ll find a few of the cutest pairs of clogs on the market right now. Many of this season’s clogs feature of-the-moment trends—like Western-inspired metal accents, and bold, saturated colorways in addition to the classic neutrals. Read on to discover the shoe you’ll be wearing all fall and winter. I’m calling it now!
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Zorba Clog in Black
In terms of classic black clogs, this leather pair by Cordani has it all
Husband Clog in Hot Pink Croc
Who says clogs have to be neutral? I’m living for this unexpected pink croc moment by Swedish Hasbeens.
Culver City Clog in Camel
These Free People clogs have the most perfect lived-in leather—no one will know you just hopped on the trend and bought them new.
Dacey Clog in Black
Into a higher heel? These Veronica Beard clogs are a splurge, but damn, aren’t they dreamy?
Dagny Clog in Leopard
I love a patterned shoe, so these leopard-printed calf hair clogs are a must for breaking up an all-black look.
Pilar Clog in Black
If you’re a plan of flatform flip flops, these clogs are the perfect cold-weather alternative.
Drummer Clog in Orange
For total ’70s vibes, go bold with these stacked heeled clogs and a bright orange hue.
Brooklyn Clog in Cognac Suede
If you want a clog you can transition seamlessly from fall to winter, these Steve Madden clogs have a faux fur lining.
Jessa Clog in Multi/Tan
I’m a sucker for patchwork right now—and these Tory Burch clogs are on sale, so I may have to pull the trigger.
Callum Clog in Surfer
Another wildcard hue for the season, this turquoise colorway from Free Poeple is unexpected in the very best way.
Alma Clog in Black
Let’s end with a forever staple, shall we? These MIA clogs are the perfect black basics for under $100 bucks.
A version of this article previously appeared in October 2020.